Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation [Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down]

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – Keeping film reviews short, to the point and most importantly SPOILER FREE! Keep it simple. Would you recommend this film or not?

A new threat to the world has emerged. The Syndicate. A rouge nation dedicated to establishing a new world order via an escalating series of terrorist attacks. With the IMF disbanded and Ethan Hunt a fugitive it seems like this is the most impossible…of impossible missions.

Tom Cruise and the gang have done it again. Another corker of a movie. If you’d have asked me 15 years ago if I wanted another Mission Impossible film, a ten year old me might have been naive enough to say yes granted. If you’d have asked me again in 2006 I would have said “no, this franchise has run its course” and probably mentioned something about Tom Cruise being a looney.

mission-impossible-rogue-nation-villain-146014And yet here we are. With Ghost Protocol in 2011 and now Rogue Nation in 2015 the franchise is very much back on track. Well, its better than ever. A sixth instalment is already in the works.

While this is all happening I feel the need to remind you that Tom Cruise is now 53 year old and still probably the best action star on the planet. It must have something to do with all that running he always seems to be doing.

There is a scene in this movie at the opera in Vienna, it last over 20 minutes and is genuinely fantastic. The musical score and the pacing of the scene are on point, building tension every single step of the way. It was great!

My main praise for this movie goes to Sean Harris who plays Solomon Lane, the lead villain. His subtle performance as the softly spoken leader of The Syndicate make his incredibly ominous and threatening. It’s a perfect contrast to Cruise’s character and make for good viewing.

Verdict: Thumbs Up

I know a Tom Cruise film though, thats better than this one but didn’t get anywhere near as much praise. Edge of Tomorrow. Have you seen it? Brilliant movie.

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